Diatenes igneipicta (Lower, 1902)
(formerly known as Polydesma igneipicta)
CALPINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Diatenes igneipicta
(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

The adult moths are brown with a complex pattern of darker and paler brown wiggly lines on the wings, and black spots along the costa of each forewing. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.

The species has been found in Australia in

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    Diatenes igneipicta
    underside
    (Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 26 (1902), p. 656.


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    (written 14 Januaryr 2017)